Fan excitement subsided fairly quickly for a No.3 pick in the NFL Draft.
Cornerback Jeff Okudah was supposed to be prepared and ready to help in the Detroit Lions defense.
Instead, the talented defensive back battled injury and was taken advantage of by some of the National Football League’s top spreaders.
Former head coach Matt Patricia has never been able to fully exploit the potential of several roster members. As a result, he was fired before the end of the 2020 NFL season.
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After Patricia’s disastrous tenure, Detroit turned to former defensive back Aaron Glenn to help rebuild Detroit’s defense and get the most out of the 22-year-old cornerback.
Okudah admitted that he had already seen football from a new perspective after meeting the new coaching staff during the offseason.
“I see the film in a whole new light,” Okudah told reporters. âI see the game completely differently. So that’s one thing that really excites me as I approach my second year, is that it’s slowed down from that aspect.
Okudah is a player who can turn things around quickly in Motown, and his resurgence is probably one of the biggest factors that could help Detroit win more games.
According to ESPN, “His 2.3 yards allowed by snap coverage was the most qualifying cornerbacks in the NFL last season, and he struggled with injuries and Matt Patricia’s defensive plan on the way. towards a cover rating of 30.9. The talent is still there. The Lions are just hoping that starts to show in 2021. “
The Lions don’t tell Okudah to be the savior, they just want him to be himself and take a step forward in his career.
If he can stay healthy, the second-year defensive back should make contributions to that defense that will help the team turn the corner.
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